"Living in Color" Surf + Watercolor Workshop with Be Well Encinitas
Four years ago I was in graduate school writing my thesis paper on the global impacts of creating spaces for people to connect their creativity, to nature, sprit, and community. I proposed that these connections would ultimately inspire conservation lifestyles rooted in spirit and community. Surprisingly, my research on historical movements of cultural and collective spiritual shifts all had one common factor...
As the bearers of life, us women are intimately connected to our Earth- the o.g. womb and bearer of life!
We are the embodiment of connection: body to Earth and spirit and community.
Now more than ever it is of the utmost importance for us to continue the traditions of the centuries of women before us and do what we do best...
gathering together in creativity to heal and inspire new life.
...which is exactly what happened here on Sunday!
With shaky hands and a fluttering heart I found myself racing against the clock on Sunday morning, squeezing tubes of watercolor paint into dime-sized portions onto 18 pallets.
"Spirit fill this space", I prayed through working hands, and smiled up at my mother, who was whirling around the room finishing up odds and ends while my best friend Kelly Anne methodically taped down each watercolor paper to their clipboards..."Spirit is already here", I thought to myself.
One by one, eighteen souls bravely stepped through the door, ready (or maybe not) for our afternoon. Nervous smiles and awkward giggles begin to fade as each woman mirrored my welcome embrace, heart to heart, greeting one another in openness.
"Ladies welcome to our workshop, "Living in Color"! Drop your bags, grab your boards, and let's all walk to the beach for our surf lesson with Kelly Anne!"
And so we walked to the beach, all eighteen of us together, causing a bit of show-stopping scene in our bikinis, wild hair and infectious laughter!
Down on the sand the women gathered around Kelly Anne, my lil sparkle of a best friend who has an uncanny gift for teaching women how to surf! A true sea sister, she has personally coached me on my surfing journey, and has brought me to a level I never thought possible in just a year.
Strength, beauty, power, radiant light. These are all words that came to me as I watched her shine, doing what she does best!
"So make sure your body is in one straight line along the stringer! Once you feel the board lock into a wave you're going to put your hands next to your boobies, and pop up! Like this! Now give me a couple good pop-ups before we hit the water!"
Without judgement, fear, or care of what people would think, these women lined up on the sand and fiercely practiced their pop-ups!
Like I said, we caused a bit of a show-stopping scene! :)
“Yes, here I am returning, the woman who bore herself to the bottom and back. Who wanted to swim like dolphins, leaping waves and diving. Who wanted only to belong to herself.”
- Sue Monk Kidd, "The Mermaid Chair"
“You are joy, looking for a way to express.
It's not just that your purpose is joy, it is that you are joy. You are love and joy and freedom and clarity expressing. Energy-frolicking and eager.
That's who you are.”
Sun-kissed and salty (and perhaps a little bruised) we made our way back to Be Well for our watercolor lesson.
With dripping hair, bare feet , and without make-up (and for some of us without shirts!), we sat down to learn in the fullness of our raw beauty.
This vulnerability, I think, is something important and necessary for healing in a woman. I think it is always brave of us to show up just as we are, without show or pretense, to learn and to participate in something new- together.
Through pencils sketching and brushes whirling, we learned color theory by following the colors of our chakras and translating them into color wheels.
"Beginning with Red, the Root Chakra, let's dip our brushes in water and pick up a bit of the pigment. The mantra for the Root Chakra is 'I am'..."
With our color wheels complete, I then lead the women through a quick drawing lesson- all about how everything on Earth can be drawn by breaking its elements down into simple shapes!
We drew whales :)
And moons :)
And I had them visualize the colors of their souls and connect them to their chakras while painting their moons!
Expression poured out like healing rivers.
Thank you for your bravery, sweet women.
Thank you for showing up
for breaking down your walls
for embracing each other in total acceptance
for shamelessly embracing your fullness as you learned new expressions
and for teaching me
how to let go
Thank you also to Lauren Duke and Danielle McCallum for welcoming me and these women into Be Well and Gather! This venue is absolutely stunning and holds such a powerful spirit. For more info on the space, click here.
Thank you to Kelly Anne Schiefer for teaching our surf lesson! (To book Kelly Anne, email me and I will connect you- email@example.com)
Thank you to Artist & Craftsman of San Diego for providing our art supplies! Please check them out here.
Thank you to my photographers, Nicole Evans (@n.i.k.k.i.3__) and Allison McCulloch (@saltandmoxie) for your passion, your gifts, and your time! Please contact them through their Instagram names to book them for your photography needs!
Thank you to all the men that I surf with who donated surf boards for us to borrow for the day, and thank you Darwin for hauling them over to my house!
It truly takes a village!